Contemporary Arab, Iranian & Turkish Art

Overview

Following the Turkish Sales of 1996-1998 and the sale of Riad al-Rayyes Private Collection in 2001, Sotheby’s re-launched its auctions of Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art and Contemporary Turkish Art in London in 2007 and 2009 respectively, which have achieved record-breaking results. After the opening of our office in Doha in 2008, Sotheby’s started holding yearly auctions in Qatar in 2009. Most recently, our Contemporary Art auction in Doha in April 2013 achieved $15.2 million, the highest ever result at auction for Contemporary Art in the Middle East. During this sale, eight artist records were established, seven of which were works by artists of Arab and Iranian origin. Among the highlights of the sale was Chant Avedissian’s Icons of the Nile selling for $1.6 million, the highest ever result for a work by a living Arab artist. Sotheby’s also holds the record for a number of Contemporary Turkish artists including a work by the great female modernist Fahrelnissa Zeid which was sold for £657,250 and a masterpiece by  Nejad Melih Devrim sold for £735,650, both in London.

Our international team comprises highly specialised experts in London and Jeddah as well as representatives strategically positioned in Paris, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Cairo.

Sotheby’s holds a Contemporary Art sale in Doha once a year where works by modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish artists feature alongside internationally renowned artists. With our specialists’ expertise and global reach, we attract sellers and buyers from all over the world and offer works by emerging and established artists of the highest calibre. In addition to auctions, we conduct private sales and organise selling exhibitions of works by contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish artists, dating from the early 20th century to the present day.

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Contacts

  • Contemporary Arab, Iranian & Turkish Art
    Ashkan Baghestani
    Director | Head of Sale
    London
  • Contemporary Arab, Iranian & Turkish Art
    Elif Bayoglu
    Consultant
    Istanbul
  • Islamic Art
    Clemmie Tatham
    Senior Administration Manager, Middle East and Indian Art
    London
    clemmie.tatham@sothebys.com
    +44 207 293 5804
  • Contemporary Arab, Iranian & Turkish Art
    Mai Eldib
    Consultant
    Cairo
  • Islamic Art
    Roxane Zand
    Senior Director | Deputy Chairman, Middle East and Gulf Region
    London
  • Islamic Art
    Edward Gibbs
    Chairman | Head of Department, Middle East and India
    London
  • Contemporary Arab, Iranian & Turkish Art
    Oya Delahaye
    Director | Head of Office
    Istanbul
    oya.delahaye@sothebys.com
    +90 212 373 96 44
  • Islamic Art
    Aryana Khan
    Client Developer, MENA Region
    London
    aryana.khan@sothebys.com
    +44 0207 293 5826
  • Islamic Art
    Astrid Chater
    PA | Department Assistant
    London
    astrid.chater@sothebys.com
    020 7293 5379

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